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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 108

    Alexander Adriaenssen (Antwerp 1587-1661)

    Still life with fish and a lobster on a table

    Price Realised  

    Alexander Adriaenssen (Antwerp 1587-1661)
    Still life with fish and a lobster on a table
    signed and indistinctly dated 'adriaenssen 16.5' (on the table, lower left)
    oil on panel
    17 x 24 in. (43.2 x 61 cm.)


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    The son of the composer Emanuel Adriaenssen and brother of the artists Vincent and Nicolaes Adriaenssen, Alexander was apprenticed in 1597 to Artus van Laeck, becoming a master in the Antwerp painters' guild in 1610. His oeuvre consists entirely of still lifes, with known dated works from 1623-1661. Adriaenssen's pictures were much admired by his contemporaries and two were recorded in the posthumous inventory of Rubens, whose wife Isabella Brandt was godmother to one of his children.

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